Classical India tour lets you catch a glimpse of immensely beautiful destinations of north India.
10 Day Taj, Temple & The Ganges classic India overland tour lets you catch a glimpse of immensely beautiful destinations of north India. Be it the beautiful architectural city of Jaipur built of Red sandstone or one of the wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal either the visit to the temple of Kamasutra – Khajuraho or the boat ride on the Ganges river in the ancient city of Varanasi when the dawn hovers, name one beautifully exotic and spectacular destination, and north India never fails to surprise you with what it has store in for you.
Spread over the span of eight days this tour lets you surrender in the tranquility of north India. Pack your bags and this tour would be the most cherished travel experience. Classical India Tour is one of the most sought after programs for any tourist visiting India.
Itinerary for 10 Day Taj, Temple & The Ganges classic India overland tour
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI -Capital city of India
You are greeted on arrival at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and driven to your Hotel. Delhi is a city built and rebuilt seven times over several centuries. The capital city today marries the quaint and unique elements of different historical eras with the pace of the bustling, growing economy. At every turn of the road, the past and the present coexist
Afternoon proceed for half day guided city tour of New Delhi. The buildings designed by Edward Lutyens, architect of modern Delhi - are truly majestic. Drive past The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and India Gate which are all reminiscent of the British “Raj”. We stop for photo shoots before driving onward to visit an Hindu temple Next driving through Delhi’s beautiful tree-lined avenues and the Diplomatic Enclave area we arrive to visit the 12th century, 234-foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. You finish your tour visiting Humayun's Tomb, the second Mughal Emperor to rule India, Overnight stay in hotel. (Rooms Check –in 1400 hrs))
DAY 02 : DELHI - JAIPUR -Capital city of Rajasthan
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface for the City of Jaipur - an exuberance of colors, dance & song with traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', it is one of India's most well planned cities with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. A 5.5 hours’ drive gets us to this land of Maharaja's, Forts and Palaces with its diversity of colors & culture that is unique to the State of Rajasthan. On arrival, check in to your Hotel
Afternoon is reserved for half day guided city sightseeing tour. Visit the City Palace, the Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (Jai Singh's observatory) Drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) & stop to visit Albert hall museum. Return to hotel via Johari Bazaar (Gem Market) and the Curio shops. Overnight stay (B)
DAY 03 : JAIPUR
Morning after breakfast, proceed for full day guided excursion to see two of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Visit the impressive Amber Fort the former capital of the Royal Family of Jaipur, An exotic elephant ride (subject to availability, otherwise Jeeps/car will be used) transports us to the lofty fort, high up in the hills, where we’ll experience a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. It is a deserted palace surrounded by majestic ramparts and the magnificent public & private room's and the evidence of the splendor of the rulers of 16th & 17th century Rajasthan.
Next visit the Jaigarh fort built in 1726, which houses the world’s largest cannon on wheels. Return to your hotel (you have the option of either coming back or go to numerous restaurants spread all over Jaipur for lunch)
Afternoon is free to explore the exotic & colorful markets, handicraft & jewelers shops, clothes boutiques, museum and art galleries of Jaipur (Vehicle and driver will be at disposal). Overnight stay.(B)
DAY 04 : JAIPUR > FATHEPUR SIKRI > AGRA
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface for the Mughal splendor of Agra, en-route stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri the well preserved ghost city located 35 Kms from Agra. A 5 hrs journey brings us to this magnificent fort, built in red sandstone. Once the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from 1571 until 1585, it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. Sikri shared its imperial duties as a capital city with Agra, where a bulk of the arsenal, treasure hoards and other reserves were kept at its Red Fort for security. During a crisis, the court, harem, and treasury could be removed to Agra, less than a day's march. Visit the tomb of Salim Chisti built by Mughal emperor Akbar in honor of this Sufi saint in 1571 who foretold the birth of 3 sons to the Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them are the Diwane Khas, Punch Mahal, and the Buland Darwaza. Later drive on to Agra & on arrival check-in to your Hotel. Overnight stay (B)
DAY 05 : AGRA
Morning after breakfast, the day is reserved city sightseeing. Begin your guided tour visiting Sikandra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Akbar himself started construction of this beautiful monument. This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes. Sikandra Fort is located in the western periphery of the city at a distance of about 10 Kms from the city center. After visit return to Agra City and visit the Agra Fort which lies across the river Yamuna which abode attractive constructions such as Pearl Mosque, Jahangir Mahal, Di wan-i-Khas, Di-wan-i- Am and more. It was here that Aurangzeb the 3rd son of Shah Jahan kept his father under house arrest until his death.
Afternoon, at 1530 hrs proceed on “Tonga” (Horse driven chariots) with your guide to visit the Taj Mahal to witness sunset (subject to weather condition) Taj Mahal, a UNESCO Heritage monument, is a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan, It took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to complete this poem in white marble. Take your time to marvel at this unfathomable beauty built by human hands and enjoy the changing colors of the “Taj” as the sun goes down. Return to hotel for Overnight stay (B)
DAY 06 : AGRA - JHANSI- ORCHHA –KAJURAHO
Early morning transfer to Agra Railway Station to board super fast Shatabdi Express at 0802hrs for Jhansi. Breakfast will be served on board the train. Later on arrival at 10.44hrs, you are greeted and escorted by our Jhansi associate’s representative to your waiting car to begin your journey by surface to the City of Orcha in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. A 40 minutes’ drive brings us to this historically important city.
On arrival proceed for a guided sightseeing tour of the medieval city of Orcha and erstwhile capital city of the redoubtable Bundela kings. Bordered by the beautiful Betwa River, Orcha reflects the sumptuousness and magnificence of the mighty Bundelas. With its striking forts, regal palaces, poetry carved temples and chatris; Orchha presents a matchless spectacle and is a delightful place for photographers. An effervescent city with salubrious climate and glorious past, Orchha is renowned for its world class Mural Paintings. The outstanding frescoes on the walls of the marvelous temples and regal palaces leave the viewer spellbound.
Complete sightseeing and proceed for lunch at Amar Mahal. The Old palace, which still stands high depicting the tales of bygone era, was once witness to the grand royal stories. Enjoy your Lunch with a panoramic view of the monuments, surrounding hills and wildlife sanctuary.
After lunch proceed by surface for Khajuraho – also called the “land of the moon god” is located at a distance of 172 Kms and is a 3.5 hrs drive. The temples of Khajuraho were built sometime between 950 to 1050 A.D. during the Rajput Chandela dynasty of Central India (These rulers claimed descent -from the moon, hence the name Chand-ela). Khajuraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its enormous, intricately sculptured temples adorned by vignettes of passion, eroticism, dance, music and creative pursuits. Historical records note that the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived. Out of which the western Temple complex is the largest and best known. Later on arrival, transfer to your hotel. Balance day is at leisure. Dinner & Overnight stay. (B & L)
DAY 07 : KAJURAHO –SARNATH - VARANASI
Morning after Breakfast proceed for Half Day guided sightseeing tour of the Western Group of Temples, containing the magnificent Shivite temple Kandariya Mahadeva. Kajuraho’s art is a manifestation of the essence of the philosophy of Indian aesthetics. The erotic sculptures depicting Kama Sutra are unique in the world. These sculptures representing the Indo-Aryan architecture, congeal in stone a lyrical paean to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty's passion and immense appreciation for the forbidden art, paradoxically, in the land of Kama Sutra. They cannot be passed off as just erotic sculptures; the temples have some of the most revered Gods of Hinduism.
Some of the other famous temples you will see in the complex are the Lakshmana & the Vishwanath Temple. In every temple, there is the depiction of royalty, armies, wrestling, kinship, war, courtship, marriage, lovemaking, music and dancing, spiritual teachings, union, meditation, bliss, plants, gods, goddesses, animals and an abundance of all human forms.
Return to your hotel for early Lunch (on own expense). Later in time, transfer to Khajuraho Airport to board the Jet air flight at 1405 hrs to Varanasi. Later on arrival at 1455 hrs you are greeted and escorted by our Varanasi associate’s representative to your waiting car for transfer to your Hotel.
En-route to the hotel, we take a slight detour to visit the ancient city of Sarnath where Buddhism first made its appearance nearly 2500 years ago and where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his 5 disciples. Visit the Chowkhandi Stupa, 46 m high Dhamek Stupa & the Dharmarajik Stupa built by Emperor Ashok around 258 BC. See the 20 m high Ashok Pillar, which still exists today. Also visit the museum before continuing your journey to Varanasi hotel. On arrival complete check in formalities.
Evening ride on cycle rickshaws’ to the Ghats to witness Aarti (Puja) ceremony performed at the Ghats, of the Ganges River. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. (B)
DAY 08 of classic India overland tour: VARANASI
Early morning before sunrise, transfer to the Ghats to take an unforgettable boat ride on the Ganges. Since time immemorial, millions of pilgrims arrive every year in Banaras, in search of salvation in the waters of the holy river Ganges. At the crack of dawn, they become a thousand spots of color bathed in the golden waters of the Ganges. The scene on the bathing Ghats is quite fascinating to the western eye. Yogis meditate in impossible positions. Brahmins sit under mushroom-like umbrellas, to bless everyone for a fee. Men and women in various stages of wetness reverently launch little oil-lamps on to the water. Bursts of religious song mingle with the tolling of temple bells, and the rhythmic beat of washer men pounding the city’s laundry. Cruise past different Ghats built by kings and noblemen and the burning Ghats, and watch sunrise before returning to hotel for Breakfast.
After Breakfast, proceed for Half Day guided sightseeing tour of the Varanasi. This ancient city situated on the banks of river Ganges, in the State of Uttar Pradesh is believed to be more than 2500 years old and is the only city in the world that is still flourishing in its full form. Earlier known as Kashi, which finds mention in the ancient Indian texts of Upanishads and Purana's, Varanasi is believed to have been established by King Kashya in around 1200 BC.
A guided visit takes you to see the Banaras Hindu University campus commonly referred to as BHU; formerly known as Central Hindu College, is a public central university and is one of the largest residential universities in Asia, with over 20,000 students. Visit the Bharat Kala Bhawan- a museum of international importance. Next we visit the Temples of Bharat Mata; Kashi Vishwanath (Shiva) also called the golden temple and Durga Mata. Wander in the narrow by lanes of the old town before returning to your hotel for Lunch. (Please note Foreigners are not permitted inside Kashi Vishwanath Temple) Return to your hotel.
Afternoon is free to explore the exotic & colorful markets, handicraft & jewelers shops, clothes boutiques, museum and art galleries of Varanasi (Vehicle and driver will be at disposal). Overnight stay (B)
DAY 09 : DELHI
Morning after Breakfast, on time transfer to Varanasi Airport to board a morning flight to Delhi. On arrival, assistance and transfer to your Hotel.
Afternoon proceed for Half Day guided city tour of Old Delhi. Explore the magnificent Red Fort, built at the zenith of the Mughal Empire in India. The centuries- old international market place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi’s most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or as also known as the “Moonlight Square”. Walk or Ride on cycle-rickshaws (Optional) through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar, and the throngs of people who animate it make this an unforgettable spectacle. Visit Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia and Raj Ghat (Final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi) before returning to your hotel via Connaught place built in 1931 is one of Delhi's most popular shopping & commercial centers.
DAY 10 : DEPARTURE DELHI
In time departure transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport –Terminal 3 to connect your outbound flight for onward destination (Room Check-out 12 Noon)
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